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Friday, December 12, 2003


"Full speed ahead for Japan's broadband"

The BBC has an article on broadband in Japan -- DSL speeds there are routinely 8 to 12 Mbps (megabits per second) with 26 Mbps available in some areas. That's many times faster than what the Bells offer in the U.S.

Kirk Boodry, director of capital markets at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein in Tokyo notes that ""in Japan, fibre has been pushed much deeper into the network and the copper loop lengths [from exchanges to individual homes] are much shorter. With DSL, the smaller the distance, the higher the bandwidth you can push through. According to the IEEE, you could get over 50Mbps, theoretically, if your loop is less than one kilometre. In Japan, NTT [the incumbent telco] has put a fibre feeder point within a kilometre of 80% of locations."

(Link from Casey Lide at the Baller Herbst Law Group via their mailing list)


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